Are Windows 10's live tiles dead?

Windows 8 Start screen
Windows 8 Start screen (Image credit: Microsoft)

I've been thinking a little bit about some of the features available in Windows 10, especially now that 19H1 has started refocusing more on the things that are working and less on the things that aren't. For example, we're fully expecting My People to go away at some point in 2019, as well as see Microsoft backtrack on its initial idea of bundling both Cortana and Search instead opting to build out each experience separately.

One such feature that I'd argue isn't working too well on Windows 10 is the live tile feature in the Start menu. Initially introduced with Windows Phone 7, live tiles were designed to keep you up to date with "at a glance" information like recent texts, photos, comments, and tweets. Those live tiles were then carried over to full Windows with Windows 8, and while the live tile interface worked fine there, most people were unhappy with how Microsoft had forced a touch-first interface onto a platform in use primarily by mice and keyboards.

So with Windows 10, Microsoft found a happy middle ground where users had full access to the desktop while still being able to access live tiles from the Start menu if they so please. Except, as it turns out, most people don't need access to those live tiles on desktop. I've seen internal documentation from Microsoft that suggests people aren't really opening the Start menu to look at or customize live tiles. Users prefer pinning everything to the taskbar.

So what gives?

Not much has changed with live tiles

Let's take a look at how live tiles have improved since they first debuted in 2010. Outside of a few customization options and a larger tile size, live tiles haven't really changed. The only noteworthy addition to live tiles from a developer standpoint has been the ability to jump straight into something that was being shown on a live tile. But even then, very few apps have taken advantage of this. It's not like there isn't anything Microsoft could to improve live tiles, it has just chosen not to. It's sort of been abandoned.

I've seen many internal presentations and documents that detail interesting ideas for live tiles, but they were never released or put into full-time development. The reason for this is likely because Microsoft knows developers won't take advantage of these features. It's hard enough to get developers to take advantage of live tiles in their current form. Twitter can't even do it, failing to supply even the basics of a live tile.

It's looking like Windows Lite doesn't even have live tiles.

For a feature like this to be successful, it really depends on support from developers. Most Win32 programs on the web don't support live tiles at all, and there are many apps in the Microsoft Store that don't support them either, or if they do, they don't do it well. Of course, there are plenty of apps in the Microsoft Store that do support live tiles well, but not everyone is doing it.

The reason I bring this up is because I've been speaking to quite a few internal sources about Windows Lite, and it's looking like Windows Lite doesn't even have live tiles. It appears Microsoft is entirely omitting this feature in favor of the more common app launcher with static icons as seen on iOS, Android, and Chrome OS. If Windows Lite launches without live tiles, where is the incentive for developers to continue supporting such a feature on desktop?

Are live tiles doomed to fail?

Many would argue that live tiles don't work on desktop because the live tiles aren't exactly "glanceable." They are hidden in the Start menu, something that you have to manually click on before you can see them. The reason live tiles worked so well on phones is because the Start screen was the home screen. It wasn't an extra menu you had to tap into; it was just there. Most users using desktop today pin everything to the taskbar, because that's the quickest way to access your apps.

Like most of Microsoft's more ambitious ideas, for live tiles to be successful, they really need a mobile platform to thrive. So, unfortunately, I think the glory days of live tiles are over. While I don't think we'll see them gone on desktop anytime soon, I wouldn't be surprised if live tiles never get updated with new features again. If Windows Lite launches without them, as I have been told, I think that will be the beginning of the end.

Over to you ...

What do you think? Is Microsoft done with live tiles, or do you think it has a plan for them? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • I find live tiles useful, always have done since I first used Windows 10. I like the weather and news ones - I can quickly see a weather forecast for example without having to load a Web page. I even have the Windows Central Live tile on my start menu
  • The WC live tile never worked like it should be for me. Anyways showing up to 99+ new articles even if I just opened the app an hour ago
  • You do a app rest.
  • Would be more useful if it was possible to pin them to the desktop instead of start menu..
  • I think desktop would just get in the way or be covered up by something and an effort to find or hide. Start menu pops up/out is a nice tidy place for them
  • It is, but if its just another area to pin Live Tiles around not just on Start I think it would be still nice. With that they have an opportunity to even redesign the framework of Desktop which is still use legacy implementation. Things like more view options, layout options, groupings and other new things.
  • Wouldn't that basically turn it into the new Start menu? Like it was on Windows 8.
  • I would like for that ability as well. I'm probably one of the few people that liked the start screen, so apply that setting in W10, however the W10 start screen is much better than W8.
  • Though Windows 10 Start Screen is actually better than Windows 8 in terms of new features, it still lacks polish and even basic stuff. Things like ability to swipe/slide to open App List (both for touch and trackpad) multi-select Live Tiles, syncing Start layout, and better reflow of Start layout. Biggest gripe for me is that Windows 10 Start has no way to slide your fingers to open All Apps like on Windows 8.1 which previously you can do not just with touch but for trackpad as well which was great and enjoyable to use. In Windows 10, we are force to poke that tiny button on the left hand side of Start screen. Generally, gestures in Windows 10 many are poorly implemented or at as good as Windows 8.X does. Not just on touch for trackpad as well, especially when Precision Trackpads are more common now.
  • I agree. But it seems the changes to W10 from W8.1 reflected the general users requests and hence Windows has changed to suit. It doesn't seem to matter whether it is polished or not.
  • I agree in part. It would be a better place to have them but you still have the trouble of having to hit a button to show what is on the desktop. The article has it correct where tiles were good for the phone, but don't work on the desktop.
  • Go to tablet mode, you basically have that experience.
  • During the 'BETA' for Windows 10 multiple people requested this in threads and in feedback. The only response given by MS was a developer saying that they would not implement this because you already get this on the Metro desktop. They just seemed blind to the fact that people on PC's don't like the Metro desktop. I know some do, but most don't. An interface designed for touch is not workable on a keyboard and mouse device.
  • You could use the full screen Start Menu.
  • Vote for Live Tiles to the Desktop on Windows Feedback!
    Search there or click the Direct link:
    #Vote for a better Windows! I'd love it if Windows could do that!
    🙇‍♂️ Thanks!
  • So, I was reading some other comments here, and I guess this one I posted the link for voting is probably not the best solution. AndyCalling had a better idea. Well, anyway, I just hope Microsoft come up with something better than Live Tiles if they do decide to remove them :\
  • Yes please, I've been saying this for a year, the desktop is the one place that needs a change and live tiles would be an awesome addition. The reason not many people use them is because they are not top of mind but on the desktop they become front and center with the ability to resize, group and place anywhere (no weird spacing oddness) just let people organise as they like coz rhe task bar can only do so much unless they come up with a taskbar that can hold more than 10 apps without the silly scroll down when it's full.
  • You put them on the desktop and then use full-screen software then they are buried, one of the reason I do not put icons on the desktop normally is that there is no point if they are buried.
  • My account doesn't have access to this feedback error? Idk why I even get this. I'll try on my Insider Builds to see if it works. Though this kind of error can prevent some Insiders to upvote good feedbacks. I think there is still needs to be done on Feedback Hub to make posts easier to discover and not just about amount of votes. Some of the very good feedbacks don't get upvotes likely because most Insiders never knew they existed. :( Anyways in regards to Live Tiles on desktop. This has been requested for a very long time and for whatever reason, Microsoft hasn't even experimented on this. It is sad that Live Tiles has been in the back burner since Windows 10, heck even some of the Microsoft own apps don't all always use it well or at all.
  • Live tiles, although they could use more features, are still better that the hit, or miss, half baked, ad UI/UX, inconsistencies of Android rarely useful Widgets.
    MS sucks. They come up with the best ****, but have no clue how to make it succeed,. So they figure the best thing to do is always give up. Now, I barely use them on desktop, but on mobile they have been great. Just need more functionality. Nevertheless, ever Windows app has one for at least the basic, MOST NEEDED, functionality, and that's more than what you can say inconsistdroid. All I ask is for MS to give Launcher a live tile option. That would w
    work just fine.
  • Well said rodneyej. Who wants to give up on Live Tiles? <edited to remove language>
  • There is nothing a Live Tile will do that a widget cannot do better. Can't even have music controls on the Tile! The worst part of Live Tiles was the lack of chaseability. Even if they did randomly show you something interesting, it could be very hard to find that article or post since all you could do was open the app. Facebook didn't have great search capabilities and news app did not either. Many times you couldn't find the info the Tile showed you. So frustrating. Microsoft later introduce chaseability, but it was way too late and no one implemented it.
  • Yeah, if there is a widget available, and it's working properly... Just Stfu 🙄
    Im not reading your BS, and I could give a rats ass about your trolling opinion. I read your first sentence then decided it was ghe same old broken record BS you're already saying. Please stop existing.
  • I thought microsoft changed the live tile that when you clicked on the displaying news for example it opened onto that page? I do think putting live tiles onto the desktop may work though in fact do we need a desktop at all anymore make that the start menu as such?
  • Lol. Just saw where Daniel called you out. 😭 😭 😭 😭 😭 😭 😭 😂😂😂😂
    Rubino showed you the front door!! Lol please use it.
    Damn, man. How can you show your face around here any longer? 😭😭🤣🤣
  • There are tiles? It boots straight to desktop. Then, when I want to open something, I hit the win key, then type the first few letters of what I am looking for. Perhaps if I used a touch screen windows device more, then I would appreciate tiles.
  • I'm using both options frequently. Also just hitting Windows and seeing news, emails (and from whom they are) just in the corner of the eye makes me get a glance much better than on Android, where you just see a "5" on the App icon but no additional information.
  • I have always loved the tile concept. Unfortunately, developers have been pretty weak in supporting it. Microsoft's own apps rarely support it - Teams, Skype, ToDo, Office... Like everything else new MS has tried, the Windows user base and dev community refuses to see Windows as anything beyond Windows 7.
  • To Do has recently gotten better. You can pin a live tile for each list now, and it deep links right to that list, which is nice but that still just seems like basic, table-stakes type of functionality, nothing groundbreaking. Otherwise, though, you're right: very little support even from Microsoft. Such a shame.
  • I've been asking for the ability to pin live tiles to the desktop for years, since Windows 8.0.........alas, it's gonna be gone. Oh well
  • Same. I really like having the weather and news tiles. I think it's silly to open a web browser no matter how fast my PC is just to see the temperature or forecast. The mail icon is occasionally useful as well but the News tile is nice because it shows me some world news and political news that I normally I don't look for in my spare time. Can any developer comment on if this is a hard feature to continue implementing?
    There are lots of apps out there have rare or niche features. If keeping the live tile working isn't hard or expensive to develop I'd really like to see it continue being used. Aside from the usefulness I still think they are ascetically pleasing.
  • I think that if MS just re-enabled the option to boot to start screen for Windows without the need to enable touch mode we'd get to see our tile info as a matter of course and they'd be very helpful. Why they removed that option I have no clue. I love them and use full start screen myself, but they're not as useful as they were when we could boot to start screen.
  • "if MS just re-enabled the option to boot to start screen [....]" That's exactly right! The problem with Windows 8 was bifurcating the UI into Metro and Desktop, not its innovations. Live Tiles, boot to Start, horizontal scrolling (with parallax scrolling), and customizing Tiles were all wonderful. (But then I suppose Nadella doesn't think that there's room for a third Live Tile interface.) Windows has always offered a lot (sometimes too much!) customizability. Restore the best of 8.x and keep the best of 10 as options for users. Touch is essential to computing's present and future. Live Tiles will always be useful.
  • That's a great idea / solution!
  • THIS! I've been suggesting this in Feedback Hub since the inception of Windows 10, but it felt like either Microsoft doesn't want it nor Insiders don't want/care about it either, or Insider never saw post suggesting similar to this. If they just put an option (options are not bad) to boot straight to Start Screen even for us desktop users. The utility of Live Tiles would be make more sense. Think about it, the only big difference big difference between Desktop and Start Screen is that desktop allows you to put files or shortcut of files into it, while Start screen don't. If they revisit making Start screen act like a homescreen/desktop, Live Tiles would be more useful. For the most part, Start menu has been pretty much treated as an app launcher for apps that are not on Desktop.
  • If they get rid of live tiles, I really hope they do something other than static icons. Live Tiles were a welcome change of pace from a UI perspective in a static world of a bunch of icons. I like being able to give apps that I use more, not only prime space, but larger precedence over the other apps. If Windows Lite is really going to improve tablet mode, I'd like to see them stick with Live Tiles. They were great in tablet mode on Windows 8, (aside from all other issues found there), but they lack the finesse in Windows 10. Zac had a great video last year that really put that into perspective. If they could take some of the gestures and such from Win 8 and put them in Win Lite, I think we would have a great OS UX for tablet mode.
  • Damn straight. When you can compare the icon grids of iOS or Android with Program Manager from Windows 3 and see precious little difference, there is a real problem if that is supposed to be the apex of user experience innovation. The icon grid was yesterday's solution to yesterday's problems. Live tiles improved on the old way of doing things (icon grids) by adding to the user experience with information-at-a-glance. Saves time, saves power, etc. The problem isn't live tiles (that I can see): once again Microsoft hasn't got it quite right and its all too easy to blame developers and users for "not getting it".
  • But Live Tiles are still just a grid of icons. They are really just fancy icons. They had no functionality beyond randomly showing you information with no interactivity at all. Their true utility was minimal at best. Microsoft needed to unlock them, allow them to grow into truly useful tools, but instead they went the Apple direction. Extremely limited with no real utility.
  • Yeah right, the weather app was just showing random info and was not useful at all... X) There is also the translator app, notes apps, news, valuta, mail, agenda (iirc) etc.
  • My Weather live tile actually does show me random weather for Washington DC instead of my actual location...
  • You need to unpin and repin it. Washington DC is the default
  • Never have that issue with my weather widget. It has location data, so it just defaults to my location. Why is something that should be simple, so hard on Windows?
  • That's totally intuitive... not. But thanks for the workaround!
  • You can say that those characters that we use right now to type are thousand years old, compare them to the pergament and you see no difference. So they need to be changed immediately!!!
  • I'm an angry old fuddy-duddy! I hate things to change! Blah Blah Blah get off my lawn....but seriously...I like live tiles. This makes me sad.
  • I like the way Live Tiles look, but really don't use them for the information in them other than the mail, calendar, and weather tiles. That being said, I hope MS keeps them and finds a good way to make them more useful.
  • I don't want to pin stuff to the taskbar. I like live tiles. Like, like, like.
  • Live tiles keep me updated fast plus they look v cool.
  • That's where they are useful. Quickness. Something you will struggle with using Android.
  • You keep mentioning Android but it isn't really relevant here because this is talking about Windows 10 on PC. Live Tiles aren't as useful on PC as they were on phone. They could be more useful than they are but they'll never be as useful.
  • And, why do you think I give a crap about your opinion? I said what I said, and that's what I meant. Whats your point? Why TF do I need you telling me what I said? Answer that...???
  • Live Tiles are slow. You have to wait and stare and hope they randomly show you what you are looking for. Terrible experience. The notification pulldown is much quicker and you don't even have to leave an app to use it. Not to mention, they are interactive on Android. Live Tiles are a terrible experience. They have never been popular or successful. Every product Microsoft has released with Live Tiles front and center has been massive flops. Even Windows 8 was a flop all because of Live Tiles. Microsoft should have dropped them several years ago, after WP7 gained no traction or popularity.
  • I found live tiles useful on the phone for their ability to show live information as well as making for larger click targets (and looking nice). However, on the desktop, I find my eyes generally avert from the colorful live tiles. They seem distracting rather than useful in that context, for whatever reason.
  • They might be useful if they added more functionality. At least music controls and other simple interactions would make them much more compelling. This is Windows though, they should be fully functional widgets. People don't use Windows because they want limitations. Mac and Chromebook are there for that.
  • > People don't use Windows because they want limitations Not to say that other OS(es) have no limitations, but... please go create two files: c:\Troll.txt and C:\tROLL.txt and, when you are done counting them, come back and post your opinion on on the limitless power of Windows.
  • He raised a valid point, and the only troll I see here is you.
  • No, he is a troll, and looks like you are too. Smdh
  • Windows is popular because it isn't limited. You can do almost anything with it. Why are you so anti-Windows? Do you really think it is a good idea for Microsoft to put heavy limitations on Windows? They should release a simpler platform, but it shouldn't be called Windows.
  • Do you really think I'm ready past your first 3 words, troll?
  • If you like limitations, Apple does it best. Maybe you should switch, let Apple make the decisions for you.
  • Why would anyone want to do that? I don't say it's not ok for an OS to be case sensitive, but for an user it is really a bad thing to do. If you want to have fun you can still replace Os with 0s.
  • Case sensitivity is a NIGHTMARE on scale... Sure, for YOU on your 1 PC where you yourself may be able to remember all the permutations that YOU use. I'm an IT director and it would be absolute hell for 99% of users. It's hard enough to get everyone to remember their passwords case sensitivity. Putting two files with the same name but different case in the same location is one of the dumbest things I've heard.
  • The best thing about Tiles isn't the "Live" aspect, but rather that they're resizable, that you can organize your Start Menu groups with various tile sizes, emphasizing some apps over others. I HATE the "pin on taskbar" practice, it's visual pollution in my eyes, those that do it usually also have 50+ browser tabs opened.
  • Agree, what looks great isn't anything "live", it's the tiles. Whereas iOS, Android etc have icons like a Windows 95 desktop that don't match any kind of theme, Windows tiles are colourful and help standardise app logos. Plus they can universally be split into sections and resized, it just all makes for a nicer UI than 4x5 random icon grid.
  • Agreed. Also, how many things can you pin to taskbar on 10" device before taskbar scrolling rears its ugly head?
  • You can resize the taskbar, with two, three, even four rows of incomprehensible tiny icons. (I seen it done)
  • Lol! That's so ugly
  • I've created hundreds of my own Tiles, don't like pinning to Taskbar, and often have dozens of tabs open. (And thousands saved.) I love 8.x's Start. Microsoft ought to offer it as an option for 10's users.
  • Yup I like how I can emphasize importance too
  • Or you know we work in +8 programs constantly and never ever see the desktop or start menu unless we reboot our computers. I can have +10 tabs open in our case handling system alone that i work on besides regular office programs etc. And that is just counting one computer. Sorry but not all of us have the same needs when it comes to computers. Let them have the functionality for those that need it and let the rest of us disable or remove the needless clutter.
  • I loved live tiles on my Windows phone but really don't see much of a future for them in a desktop environment unless we could actually pin live tiles to the desktop itself instead of shortcuts. Personally I rarely go to my start menu because I either pin my most used apps and programs to the task bar or as shortcuts on the desktop. I'd love to be able to mix and match live tiles and regular shortcuts on the desktop, however, and see that as the only way live tiles can survive outside of a mobile or tablet environment.
  • I prefer the eye candy of my wallpapers, so I hide my desktop icons. I've assigned the Windows key to a mouse button and tap that whenever I want to access Start. It's beautiful.
  • For me the Desktop is just a temporary storage.
  • I don't have that many live tiles on my start menu anyway but I really want to know what would happen to the weather live tile.
  • Good article Zac, I did raise this awhile ago as well. It's only a few seconds to launch the start menu and check the live tiles but that defeats the entrenched mindset of the purpose of live tiles. Simply because people are now accustomed to looking at live tiles at a glance and in terms of useability it's not intuitive on desktop pcs which traditionally do not have touch screens. Microsoft is also to blame here as they completely neglected the tablet UX and in doing so maligned touch to the background. Live tiles with touch is amazing however using it with them with a mouse not so much. Furthermore, people are simply accustomed to using icons with a pointer on laptops and desktops pcs. So they are simply going to use the start menu as they have done before going all the way back to windows 95 for example. There are few solutions to the issue of live tiles: 1) Allow live tiles to be pinned on the task bar like icons and the desktop - by doing this you slowly phase in use and slowly people will become accustomed to it. When pinning allow a static tile to be pinned and allow users to turn it off by settings. This way you have comfortable middle ground for all users as people are bound to complain... lol. 2) Allow a section of the start screen to be permanently pinned above or below the task bar or where ever the users chooses (just like you can do with the task bar), this way you can glance at the information and pin tiles relevant to you. For me I'd love to have live tiles on bottom of my screen as I use a 40 inch tv as a monitor and since sites poorly use screen real estate and you have to constantly look down when scrolling... it would be easier for me to read the live tiles because they would be just there. 3) Allow different sections to pinned, not pinned, hide and unhide in different virtual desktops, so if I needed to do work, I'd simply open a new virtual desktop I could simply hide or or unpin the start menu section if they become too distracting. 4) Allow live tiles to be used placed on the desktop, this way you can simply phase out the use of icons. Furthermore it would be easier for those who have OCD when it comes conforming shapes and patterns. Plus it would allow users for example to have a desktop filled with large tiles, for example I could have a virtual desktop just dedicated to news apps. This will prevent the start menu becoming cluttered with sections and grouped tiles. Thus preventing the user having to scroll up or down. The additional bonus with touch screens would be drastic ease of use and for that Microsoft seriously needs to work on the tablet UX. As you cannot add a new virtual desktop in tablet mode... which makes zero sense when you have something like the Surface Studio in your product line up. These are just 4 solutions that I can think of from the top of my head. Never the less there are few others but they all are dependent on gestures thus on tablet mode which is just bleugh at present. They easiest and simplest solution would be re-adding the gestures and touch controls from Windows 8.x as people are already familiar with the aforesaid gestures and controls.
  • I've been thinking about the role of the taskbar since your piece on the death of the People Bar, where you observed (rightly) that users don't want to pin endless heads to the taskbar. I do think the People function could be useful if it was better executed eg it offered a pop up list from the taskbar, and could integrate with non-store apps (full Outlook anyone?). But it's interesting to read that people don't value Live Tiles because they don't use the Start Menu. That seems crazy to me - one of the great UI virtues of Win10 is that it gives you tiered ways of organising app access, so I keep the taskbar relatively uncluttered with only the apps I use all the time, then have the start menu for stuff I use less frequently (and the left hand apps list for everything else). Live Tiles are a minor part of that, but for a couple of things like weather forecast they're handy. I just wonder if Microsoft did more to help people make the most of the UI's flexibility they might find it was better loved, certainly in relation to Win7, but also to whatever flavour of MacOS - and they might also work out what to do with things like Live Tiles and the People Bar.
  • I use the full screen Start menu on Surface Go (and on Surface 3 before that). In that context, live tiles are great. I use them the same as I did on WP8 & WM10 -- for quick "glanceable" info.
  • + 1000...this is what I do usually.
  • Taskbar is ok to start an app fast but not useful for a quick overview like u have with tiles. One click vs open each app to check if there is something new. I use it for mail, calendar, to-do lists, pictures, instagram, weather, news, chat and some other stuff. For a tablet that's a must have in my opinion. For improvement they could try to add some functions like in sailfish os. There they have open app "tiles" view with added functionality. So for the calendar tile an "add entry" action, forward/pause/backwards for groove, for mail a new mail button. That's really cool.
  • I think live tiles should be retained and should be prominent in a fixed tablet mode. Who is in for windows 8 interface for tablet mode?
  • The same amount of people who were until Windows 8 tablet mode the first time. That is, very few people.
  • I like some live tiles, but most I have to turn off because I can't find apps effeciently when the icon keeps changing.
  • Just because a few people don't use or like live tiles don't mean most of us doesn't like or love them. I like my live tiles. Instead of going to a website all I have to do is click on start and see my live tile set up and get the info I need right away. Another good feature that is unique to Microsoft and good that will get bummed out. I really hope it doesn't. I vote to keep live tiles.
  • I've seen the data, most people aren't using live tiles. You're in the minority.
  • And I'm sure the data of the day said who needed a monitor when you had punch cards for data entry...everyone was using them. Or a GUI interface when DOS was around. What did the data say then? Live tiles were a work of genius. Maybe they should be mandated as a requirement for all Windows applications. Let the user decide which ones are useful or meaningful and turn them on or off. News, weather, sports are obvious choices but it would be nice to see snippet of my last Word or Excel document to remind me where I left off without having to open the app. A quick tap or mouse click on the start menu is all that is needed. To dismiss something because the data shows that most people aren't using something is completely short sited and a poor excuse. I suppose that's the reason that Microsoft hasn't fixed the location problem on the weather app. I now use a third party app the does a great job with the live tile.
  • Live tiles are not "the work of genius" and they are definitely not needed for every application. I find them more infuriating than helpful, as I often struggle to find apps because the icon was not what I was expecting and ones that seem useful, like Weather, are terribly unreliable and never up to date. I'm glad Microsoft is trying to move away from them a bit.
  • So you can't remember where you placed an app and misdirect your anger from your poor recall to the os? And you think ms's removal of this feature is going to assist you in the fact that you don't have to be reminded about your poor recall and that makes you happy, even though your poor recall will still exist whether you like to be reminded of it or not? LOL!!!
  • It seems like the data is measuring whether people are opening apps from the live tile. I don't always open the app. A lot of times I'll just get the info from the tile and move on.
  • Yeah, I was going to questions this "data." How can data determine if I look at a live tile and decide to interact with it or go on about my day. Unless there is a survey with people answering pointed questions, I'm not sure that is valid data. That said, I agree with what bleached and a few other have been saying, the live tiles never progressed to widgets. If it was Groove, I should be able to play/pause/skip like if you hover on the icon in the taskbar. If showing a recent post in social media apps, I would want to like/repost/etc. The fact that they never evolved it tells me it was a port from Window Mobile that the desktop team really had no vision for and didn't care to.
  • Read it again. They are looking at how many people customize them. Great indicator that you are planning to use them.
  • Yeah. People don't use Live Tiles because most users are like cavemen. They just open up Google Chrome or play their video games or open some program for their job. People throw all their files into a huge mess on the desktop. They don't even know how to make folders. People pin everything to the Taskbar. The start menu is where they go to search for programs that they didn't pin. People don't use the live tiles because of the Taskbar and desktop. Like you said, having to open an additional menu is a pain in the ass. But I hate when you guys write articles like this because you guys are probably a big part of the reason why Microsoft scraps features. I like the start menu since I can group all of my Word programs together and all of my Adobe programs. Just because most users are uneducated doesn't mean we should get rid of features.
  • B/c they are "hidden"...bad design decision when moved to current location when it happened.
  • "Just because a few people don't use or like live tiles don't mean most of us doesn't like or love them. I like my live tiles." The real world says that it is opposite. A few people like Live Tiles; most don't use them.
  • Who cares what the real world says? Most computer users are uneducated.
  • MSFT didn't properly market the feature when Windows 8 was introduced and needed to give it a refresh with Windows 10. They needed to iterate on it and not let it slip into oblivion.
  • I use them all the time, other than on my desktop right now where every few hours I lose my Start configuration and it resets to the default for some reason. Otherwise, I love having them for that "at a glance" value, with a few important bits of information in there: calendar, weather, and NextGen Reader for Feedly. Some of my other important programs but not everyday programs are also there instead of the taskbar, which is mostly reserved for stuff I need all the time.